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Trip report once I get blog updated.

  • #346 - Swainson's Warbler - audio recorded only no visual
  • #347 - Clapper Rail - popped out for some great pics, and good audio

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  • #348 - Painted Bunting - pics and audio of singing male in shade

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  • #349 - Gray Kingbird - really great looks and pics

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  • #350 - Mississippi Kite - not great pics first time, but some much better looks a couple days later right over the place I was staying

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  • #351 - Northern Bobwhite - took a while to figure out what I was hearing once it popped up on Merlin, "Doh" moment.  
  • #352 - Cattle Egret - looks at a couple in flight in the distance, then later that day some great looks at the drainage pond where was meeting up with relatives.  (pics below from second sighting)

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Honorable Mention

  • First male Blue Grosbeak
  • Audio Lifers in addition to the 4 above
    • Carolina Chickadee
    • Brown-headed Nuthatch
    • Hooded Warbler
    • Summer Tanager
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17 hours ago, chipperatl said:

Trip report once I get blog updated.

  • #346 - Swainson's Warbler - audio recorded only no visual
  • #347 - Clapper Rail - popped out for some great pics, and good audio

1200

  • #348 - Painted Bunting - pics and audio of singing male in shade

1200

  • #349 - Gray Kingbird - really great looks and pics

1200

  • #350 - Mississippi Kite - not great pics first time, but some much better looks a couple days later right over the place I was staying

1200

  • #351 - Northern Bobwhite - took a while to figure out what I was hearing once it popped up on Merlin, "Doh" moment.  
  • #352 - Cattle Egret - looks at a couple in flight in the distance, then later that day some great looks at the drainage pond where was meeting up with relatives.  (pics below from second sighting)

1200

Honorable Mention

  • First male Blue Grosbeak
  • Audio Lifers in addition to the 4 above
    • Carolina Chickadee
    • Brown-headed Nuthatch
    • Hooded Warbler
    • Summer Tanager

It is sometimes interesting the birds one takes for granted, like Cattle Egrets or Painted Buntings. 

Congrats on the lifers!

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I stopped visiting this site for a few months because I got busy with school and life in general… Now that I’ve graduated high school and need something to look at during work breaks I’ll probably be back on this site more often (not like anyone really cares, haha). Since I’ve last posted on this topic (March) I’ve had 6 lifers!

268. Cassin’s Vireo (April 21)

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269. Lewis’s Woodpecker (May 7)
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270. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (May 22)
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271. Calliope Hummingbird (June 14)
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272. Gray Catbird (June 15)
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273. Ruffed Grouse (June 17)

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12 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Finally got band-tailed pigeon! There were four of them! No chance for a good photo though..

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How common are they in Orange County? I don’t think I have them for my county list (I’d have to check though). I know they’re are pretty common around north LA, but Orange County might be too low in elevation?

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7 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

How common are they in Orange County? I don’t think I have them for my county list (I’d have to check though). I know they’re are pretty common around north LA, but Orange County might be too low in elevation?

They’re fairly rare along the coast and in the lower elevation suburbs and scrub, but up in the Santa Ana mountains(not that high in elevation and is mostly mixed oak woodland with some scrub areas?) they can be regular. But in the coast they’re uncommon, as I said. Haven’t gone birding up in the mountains yet, because for most spots you need a permit or something. 
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10 hours ago, IKLland said:

They’re fairly rare along the coast and in the lower elevation suburbs and scrub, but up in the Santa Ana mountains(not that high in elevation and is mostly mixed oak woodland with some scrub areas?) they can be regular. But in the coast they’re uncommon, as I said. Haven’t gone birding up in the mountains yet, because for most spots you need a permit or something. 
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BATPIG 😂 

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Hubby & I have recently been experiencing the joys of COVID.   Our isolation period was up yesterday and today I returned to the Land of the Living.  The smallest effort is exhausting.  BUT, this guy (or gal) has been hanging out in Mobile county, so I had to go.  It was tough lifting those bins and camera, but so worth it.  

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9 minutes ago, floraphile said:

Hubby & I have recently been experiencing the joys of COVID.   Our isolation period was up yesterday and today I returned to the Land of the Living.  The smallest effort is exhausting.  BUT, this guy (or gal) has been hanging out in Mobile county, so I had to go.  It was tough lifting those bins and camera, but so worth it. 

Bummer to hear about Covid. I'm glad you're getting better!

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Least Terns have been showing up on checklists at this hotspot for weeks, but until this afternoon, they had escaped my view.  At the end of the trip, I saw the three terns circling above.  They did look noticeably smaller than Royal Terns which I found at a nearby lake, but I wasn't 100% certain of the ID until an experienced birder confirmed it.

I HATE lifers without photo evidence, (none right now - the White-winged Dove was the last holdout) so I stuck around in the heat and on-and off rain, shooting in sports mode until the trio left the area.  No great pictures, but I was able to predict enough flight patterns to get some recognizable photos.

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2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I had opportunities to shoot Least Terns a couple of months ago.  I swear, it's like trying to photograph swallows!

I'm about the contact Nikon support regarding sports mode AI that thinks it's smarter than I am.  So, when I'm in sports mode and trying to take a burst that starts ahead of the predicted path bird in flight, it often refuses to take the burst, presumably because it doesn't see anything to focus on.  That is a major pain!

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I've gotten 8 lifers these past two weeks! Black Skimmer, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Northern Gannet, Little Blue Heron, Great Shearwater, Cory's Shearwater, and Sooty Shearwater. (and Virginia Rail, but no pictures)

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forgot about VIRA
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